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Did you get it at Gateway?

I haven't been to their new store. Their old location when they were also Aprilia was down in the 'hood about four blocks from where I started school at SLU.
 

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Ride report

Have fun!
Did you get it at Gateway?
I did. Husky has some utterly phenomenal prices for 2011 bikes right now. I got this beauty for $2,900 less than MSRP for a KX450F. Gateway has never sold a MX bike - they only recently became a Husqvarna dealer. They special ordered this one for me - it arrived in a week.

electric start
spotless EFI
Akrapoviç full Ti system
Brembo brakes
Magura bar
Hydraulic clutch
Black Excel rims, polished Grimeca hubs
Handlebar switchable power maps.
Holeshot device
Kayaba twin chamber cartridge forks
Kayaba shock

It's the bee's knees. And I got it for $5,600 OTD. In broad daylight. :eek:

So far I like it. Took it out for a day of play yesterday:

Ride Report (billsridepics.wordpress.com)
 

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now go buy supermoto wheels with the savings ya made:cool:
I'm giving up a Yamaha with dirt and supermoto wheels. There isn't any supermoto happening around here any more. I used to put on supermoto races in Springfield, but the organizing was so much work that I virtually never got to ride. I would get a set of wheels built in a heartbeat if there was a racing series within a day's drive.
 

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I'm giving up a Yamaha with dirt and supermoto wheels. There isn't any supermoto happening around here any more. I used to put on supermoto races in Springfield, but the organizing was so much work that I virtually never got to ride. I would get a set of wheels built in a heartbeat if there was a racing series within a day's drive.
The people near a good paved racetrack don't know how lucky they are. Midwest pretty much sucks for that.
 

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Not selling the 426 - I'm passing it on to my little brother so I can have some company at the races.

As a previous owner of an Italian Husqvarna, I too was horrified in the past two years that BMW would defile this boutique bike maker with their Taiwanese boat anchor motors.

It turns out I was wrong. I'm really pleased with it. It's a powerful bike that is easy to ride. That would be enough for me. But I get a bonus - in the flesh, it's a very good looking bike, very unlike the other bikes in its class.
 

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I would love to read a review a few weeks down the road when you have used it more.

A customer of mine is a Husky dealer. I have always liked the marque, but felt irritated when they started to put ze German design onto the bikes. I have been looking hard at a fuel injected TE 250 he had for sale last year. Bought a Ducati instead, so that didn´t happen. Maybe next year?
 

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Banda,

Imagine my surprise when I was thumbing through the May issue of AMA'a American Motorcyclist magazine! Nice article!
 

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Banda,

Imagine my surprise when I was thumbing through the May issue of AMA'a American Motorcyclist magazine! Nice article!
Sorry I didn't see this for months - wasn't that a hoot? I answered a question posed on the AMA's facebook page about why I bought my cheap bike (not the Husky) and what I liked about it. They liked my answer, so they arranged a phone interview and a photo shoot. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here's one of the pics from the shoot:
 

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Some Husky updates:

I had the suspension lowered 2 inches by MXTech.

In my first evening of TT racing on the new bike, I was faster than hell...

and then I crashed and broke nine ribs and a vertebra.

But... six weeks later, I raced again, and got my best ever heat race finish - a third place. I flagged in the main, and dropped back to eighth - maybe not fully healed, and a little easily pooped.

I have also recently taken motocross lessons from Club57MX.com. Well worth the price, very fun. Here's a couple Husky MX pics:
 

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